The NYPD Claimed Its LRAD Sound Cannon Isn’t A Weapon. A Judge Disagreed: Gothamist

The backpack-sized LRAD 100x used by the NYPD in 2014 can emit sounds up to 137 decibels, according to marketing materials. Exposure to sound levels over 85 decibels can cause hearing loss, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.”This is force, and the kind which could be used excessively,” Judge Robert Sweet wrote in a decision. Sweet threw out some of the claims, but allowed the lawsuit to proceed, and strongly suggested that those blasted with the LRAD seem to have a case.”Literally the city argued that loud sounds can’t constitute a use of force,” lawyer Gideon Oliver told Gothamist. “At the bare minimum, the judge has clarified that this isn’t factually or legally correct and that should guide the police department going forward.”

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